MtvU Winners – 2011 Academy Awards

It was an exciting morning outside the Kodak Theatre where the winner of the  mtvU Oscar Correspondent Contest winners were announced!

Now, Luz Pena and Philip Robibero from Hofsta University will get to cover the 83rd Academy Awards from the most famous red carpet in the world.  Take a look at their mtvU submission that won them this honor.

What an amazing experience for two budding journalists and congratulations!


Life After Kids 2/24/11 Teri Thompson & Jen Friel

Life After Kids is thrilled to welcome, a true social media expert and longtime friend of mine, Teri Thompson, who co-authored  (with Beverly Macy) the recent release ,”The Power of Real-Time Social Media Marketing.”

Teri and I met when we both worked in broadcast television in the creative advertising and promotion departments of the major TV networks.  In fact, we worked together several times during our 20 plus year careers in that business and I know her to be a fabulous colleague and wonderful friend.

A few years ago, like many of us, Teri had to “re-invent” herself in order to stay employable in this downsized economy and her story of what she’s doing now is an inspiring testament to the power of reinvention at any stage of life

Then,  Jen Friel, from the very popular blog and soon to be major television series Talk Nerdy to Me Lover will be dropping in to discuss her year of homelessness, the power of faith, and our exciting plans for this coming Sunday covering the Oscar red-carpet at “The Night of 100 Stars” (the official 2011 Academy Awards viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel), with fellow vlogger, Zennie Abraham of

If you don’t know who Jen is, you must find out! This amazing young woman with a bright personality and infectious laugh to match, is wise beyond her years.  And, even though she is far from entering mid-life or a life with or without kids, you’ll be inspired by her stories of reinvention!  Plus, you must hear  about her 30 day “BJ” diet…I guarantee it’s a story  you won’t want to miss.

So catch this all on Thursday at 8p ET/5p PT, February 28th on MingleMediaTV and if you miss the live webcast I will be posting the show later for your viewing pleasure.

2011 Academy Awards Coverage

Well my friends and loyal readers, I must say the bliss just keeps on coming!  While I may never win an Oscar (r) for any of my projects, “just getting nominated”  to cover all the glitz and the glamour of Hollywood’s biggest night may just be the next best thing.

Thanks to fellow journalist and vlogger, Zenophon Abraham of, from Northern California, I will be reporting on the 83rd Academy Awards with him for the San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Post Intelligencer. What’s more,  he’s invited the chic-est geek of them all, Jen Friel of fame to round out our very eclectic group of reporters.  So we’ll be bringing you some one-of-a-kind stories from behind the scenes, off the beaten path and the sidelines of the “Superbowl” of awards shows.

Plus, there are so many activities happening this week, leading up to the big day (Sunday February 27th) and we are planning to bring you some of those festivities.  On game day, we’ve been invited to the Night of the 100 Stars official viewing party at the world-famous Beverly Hilton Hotel and expect some fabulous interviews with “A-listers” who just happen not to be nominated this year.

What you may not know is that those who cover and attend this event must wear formal attire, so Chogury Couture has graciously offered to deck this reporter out in its finest and Lala Castro of will be lending Jen Friel and I our me bling for the evening.

But my favorite and most necessary accessory comes via  Sukjhit Ghag, Blogger & Social Media Evangelist at Sony Electronics.  Several weeks ago, and without knowing my plans to cover the Oscars, she sent the sleek, sexy and very portable  Bloggie Touch MP4 Camera to test out.  No heavy camera equipment for this lady journalist –  just the evening-purse-sized Bloggie and my “old” faithful Zi8 Kodak gave me almost 2 years ago, will be strutting their stuff on the runways of Hollywood over the coming days. Then, when the dust has settled from this week, I will be reviewing these video cameras as well.

So check back often and tell your friends…